Wet is one of Melbourne’s most popular saunas. Staggering distance from the Collingwood bars, it’s busiest on Friday and Saturday nights. With its very busy steam room, a cosy spa and sauna, a 25-metre pool, bar and Greco-Roman decor downstairs, and a cruising maze upstairs with porn lounges, private cubicles and not-so-private areas, you can lose yourself here for hours.
162 Wellington St, Collingwood. Mon-Thu noon-2am; Fri-Sun open 24 hours.
Not far from the Peel and Sircuit, this is a cruise lounge where you remain clothed... mostly. The basement is lit with oil barrels for putting on a show. First floor has free tea and coffee, a cyber lounge and movie lounge. The second level is a cruise maze with private cubicles, glory holes, and a mezzanine heavy-duty area with sling rooms you can book. It’s all semi-industrial, so it feels sleazy, but completely safe.
8-10 Peel St, Collingwood. Open daily from noon-late.
Subway is the only sauna in the CBD, and has a discreet entrance on Banana. As well as a couple of rabbit-warren-like mazes with disorienting mirrors and a couple of porn lounges, Subway has a good-sized spa, steam room and sauna, and the wet area is the most popular, for both action and cruising. A chillout video lounge, cyber lounge and café means this venue attracts CBD workers out for a lunchtime quickie.
Vault 13, Banana Alley Vaults, Melbourne. 24 hours.
This sauna has been going for over 20 years – and it’s obvious. It used to pump, literally, but now it’s a little shabby. The large spa is good for a soak, but the small steam room smells dank. Upstairs there’s a porn lounge, more cubicles and some larger rooms if you’re looking to host more than two. It may have passed its prime, but the clientele make it worth a visit.
55 Porter St, Prahran. Tue-Thu 6pm-late; Fri-Sun open 24 hours.